With Michelin-starred chef Eric Werner: Cologne’s Wasserturm becomes a Romantik Hotel
The five-star superior hotel in Cologne’s old water tower has joined the Romantik marketing cooperative. At the same time, this luxury hotel in the heart of Germany’s famous cathedral city has announced the appointment of a new chef: Eric Werner, who has been awarded two Michelin stars. The 31-year-old top chef, who recently successfully defended his place in the Michelin Guide’s second highest category while working at the Résidence restaurant in Essen, will take up his position at the new Romantik Hotel in Cologne at the end of January. “With the addition of the Wasserturm, the Romantik brand is emphasising its leading culinary position in the hotel industry,” says Thomas Edelkamp, Chairman of Romantik. “Romantik now has 18 award-winning restaurants: the highest number of Michelin-starred hotel restaurants in Germany.” According to Edelkamp, the addition of the historic Wasserturm hotel in the metropolis on the Rhine is also a sign that more and more prestigious city hotels are joining the cooperative as a way of attracting new guests. Romantik is now present in Hamburg, Dresden, Kiel, Nuremberg, Vienna, Berne, Lucerne, Zurich, Bruges and Venice. Stefan Sandweg, Managing Director of the Wasserturm, is enthusiastic about joining the Romantik cooperative: “Romantik stands for professional, global hotel marketing and has modern technical solutions and a powerful distribution network. The Wasserturm and Romantik are a perfect match.”
An architectural and culinary landmark in Cologne
Today, in what was once Europe’s largest water tower, guests find a luxury hotel with extraordinary architecture and a timeless modern atmosphere. A landmark of Germany’s famous cathedral city, the Wasserturm with its 35m high, 360-degree panoramic roof terrace gives a fantastic view of the cathedral and all the way to the Seven Hills, including the famous Drachenfels. Built 140 years ago, partially destroyed during World War II and rebuilt in the 1990s, the listed, protected building offers 88 luxurious rooms and a 500 m2 conference area. The Wasserturm is also one of Cologne’s top places to eat: the team in the “d/\blju 'W'” restaurant offers impressive modern cuisine with a focus on local produce. The Michelin-starred restaurant “Himmel un Äd” is a place to enjoy extraordinary culinary delights and wonderful views across Cologne. With the appointment of Eric Werner, a chef with two Michelin stars to his name, Romantik Hotel im Wasserturm now hopes to set new culinary standards. After training as a chef, Werner went to work at the São Gabriel restaurant in Portugal. From 2008 to 2009 he worked for Berthold Bühler at the Résidence restaurant in Essen. From 2009 to 2010 he was sous chef under Heiko Antoniewicz, before becoming sous chef at the Spatzenhof hotel in Wermelskirchen, where he worked until the end of 2011. At the beginning of 2012, Werner was appointed chef at the Résidence in Essen, working alongside Erik Arnecke until the end of 2014, where he earned two Michelin stars.
About Romantik Hotels & Restaurants
Tradition, history, quality and warm hospitality: these are the distinguishing characteristics of more than 200 Romantik Hotels & Restaurants in ten European countries. Romantik hoteliers welcome guests in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Scotland, Italy, Spain and France. The powerful sales and marketing cooperative has been presenting the full diversity of the independent hotel scene for over 40 years: from high-end country guest houses to unique spa hotels and luxury city centre establishments. Excellent cuisine, authentic local roots and tangible history unite the owner-run hotels, creating an exclusive collection to delight even the most discerning guests under the umbrella of the strong Romantik brand.